Saturday, January 31, 2015

The evolution of cyber fraud in a Big Data and IoT environment

Saturday comes, and with time to rest and be with family. Review your inbox from our personal email. The perfect time to be the victim of a digital fraud.


100 million users have been victims of a new campaign of fraud in Facebook. A message with an allegedly pornographic video sent by one of your friends, and a call to action sufficiently accurate to 100 million users have fallen into the trap. ¿After the wedding? A page that asks us update the Flash Player, which as you might of course comes with a “present”.

Neither banks are saved blackmail, and looks to have security measures to prevent. The new craze among these new cyber-criminals passes correlate different massive theft of personal data (eg ID cards and financial cards) to large companies, to create identities robust enough to allow them to change the PIN code of a card, and then grab it.

Social engineering is a pillar in this and other attacks, called a BEC (Business Email Compromise), in which the theft of one or more accounts of employees of a company (usually executives) is used to exact future or past outstanding accounts. Blackmail as the second aunt asking you 50 euros for facebook, but at the corporate level, with nearly 215 million stolen dollars in the 14 months that the FBI has been investigating.

Having seen, we just have to be more careful, be Saturday, Sunday or a weekday. Because here we talk about big data analysis and use of all information given on the internet of things. How can we protect our data? Using aliases whenever possible, choosing unique and complex passwords, having enabled the WIFI and bluetooth only when necessary, examining the privacy of all the services we have synchronized our devices and darling with the shares on social networks.

A direct and simple informative pill, which alerts us to the dangers of an enriched digital environment. In our hands is not the next victim digital fraud.

Good weekend!

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